A bowl filled with lemons sitting on a table

Jacob Fopsen van Es, Still Life with Lemons (detail), ca. 1660, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of the Drue Heinz Charitable Trust

A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life

Gallery One

Once considered the lowliest of the painting genres, the still life has long been overshadowed in the history of art. A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life is a celebration of this humble genre, exploring nearly 250 years of the tradition from the Dutch Golden Age to America’s Gilded Age.

On the surface, these picturesque arrangements are easy to appreciate for their aesthetic beauty and skillful rendering. A closer look at these sumptuous arrays of objects ranging from the mundane to the luxurious reveals moral undertones and allusions to the transience of life. Loans from the Detroit Institute of Arts and several local collectors will be featured, along with recent bequests from the late Drue Heinz, including the only Dutch Golden Age still life in the museum’s collection on view for the first time.

A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life is curated by Akemi May, Assistant Curator, Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art.


Major support for this exhibition is provided by Elizabeth Hurtt Branson and Douglas Branson. Additional support is provided by the Virginia Kaufman Fund.